Moses Shishi Uzer
Department of English and Literary Studies,
College of Education, Katsina-Ala Benue State.
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This paper focuses on the Marxist tradition as it examines and brings out Marxian issues in the African novel which emanate from the continuing socio-economic crises in Africa, instigated by Western capitalists and imperialists. It showcases the efforts made by African literary scholars towards the liberation of Africa from the claws and shackles of imperialism even as it deals with colonialism and neo-colonialism in all its virulent manifestations. The paper selects novels from West, East and South African regions to demonstrate clearly the evil of capitalism and also supports the views of the proletariat while condemning the bourgeois philosophy and ideology which are based largely on exploitation. It concludes that for society to be classless and egalitarian, the proletariat must revolt and seize power from the capitalists to ensure equal distribution of resources for the benefit of all.
KEY WORDS: AFRICAN NOVEL, MARXISM, SOCIALISM